This is where we publish our boat related stories and articles, which range from world circumnavigation to rescue missions, humour and much, much more. So make yourself a coffee and settle yourself down to a good read.
I’ve lived on a boat for 12 years but have never actually been inside a drained lock so I was really excited about this! On Sunday 13th January The Canal and River Trust held an open day so that anyone can go along and see the current work taking place on the Marsworth flight.
Whether you’re thinking of living on a boat, or are looking for a boat for sale for an extended period of cruising you may be wondering how boaters collect their snail mail? Depending on your situation there are a number of options you can choose to collect your mail when you’re on a long cruise.
Are you confused by Facebook? So am I sometimes. It took me ages to figure out that when you look at your home feed it usually chooses ‘top stories’ for you, instead of the most recent ones. Now I usually select ‘most recent’ myself.
We now have nearly 9000 customers registered with Boatshed Grand Union and Boatshed worldwide has over 496,300 registered customers. Boatshed.com has over 50 locations world-wide, more than 100 Boatshed Brokers working to sell your boat and over 1000 Boats were sold in 2012.
Since the 1990’s diesel engines have become more advanced, refined and complex. Popular makes are now Lister, Isuzu, Vetus, Kubota, Beta Marine, Barrus, Lombardini, Yanmar, Nanni and Thornycroft.
When you are looking for a canal boat for sale there is a huge variety of engine choices, of varying ages. While some are quite modern others have been reliably chugging away for years.
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If you’re looking for a canal boat for sale, widebeam, narrowboat or barge in London or Hertfordshire you need to know what you are looking for. Last week’s article Don't buy a canal boat! covered size, length and width of boats, types of berth and the great toilet debate. This week we’re going to get technical and electrical.
Whether you’re buying or selling a boat in Essex you’ll know there are all sorts of extras you can buy to make boating more enjoyable or comfortable. Here are some ideas for Christmas gifts for the boater in your life.
Assuming you’ve calculated the budget you have to spend and secured your finances, you may feel ready to begin looking at used boats for sale. But before travelling London or Herts to view second hand boats for sale do you know whether you are looking for a wide beam, liveaboard, barge, trad narrowboat or cruiser stern?
Is it that time already? Whether you like narrowboats, wide beams, Dutch barges or any type of liveaboard canal boat there are plenty of Christmas gifts that could help you and your family to enjoy the English canals and rivers.
The wonderful thing if you’re looking for your first boat for sale is anticipating the freedom that you will soon enjoy, to arrive at some beautiful location or festive event with your own little floating apartment in-tow.
If you’re looking for a narrowboat, wide-beam or barge for sale in London or Herts on the Grand Union or River Lea, you may already have an idea about the things that you love about the canals. Here I’ve gathered together some of the reasons why boaters love their boats.
One of my favourite books is Ramlin Rose, the Boatwoman’s Story, by Sheila Stewart. In the early 1990’s the author interviewed whatever boatwomen she could find in the Banbury area; women who were born and bred on horse-drawn boats. She then compiled these real life experiences into the life story of a fictional character ‘Rose Ramlin’.
An Englishman’s home is his… castle?
Are you haunted by dreams of owning your own narrowboat, wide-beam or barge? If our website of boats for sale doesn’t leave you spell-bound this Halloween try some of these events around the country to get you in the spirit next week (- the spirit of bad puns maybe?!)
If you’re on budget you may well be looking for a project boat for sale, however, some people deliberately choose to take on a boat or narrowboat that needs some care and attention, because of their enthusiasm for waterways history and heritage.
So, taking a break from thinking about boats for sale, I just read about the Canal and River Trust partnering with the Poetry Society to appoint a Canal Laureate. Jo Bell is perfect for the role because she’s a liveaboard narrowboater, and a very active poet. The former archaeologist is now the Director of National Poetry Day. She writes and performs poems, manages projects, runs workshops, writes articles, edits publications and much more.
After a busy week of browsing boats for sale, narrowboats for sale and barges for sale, (when everyone thought you were hard at work in your office) the weekend is the time to relax… and look at more boats!
As we started this week with severe weather warnings for rain, winds and floods I noticed two news stories in the media, highlighting canal safety. The Star reported that in south Yorkshire a man drowned after walking his dogs by a canal. It is believed the 39-year-old may have entered the water to rescue one of his dogs. The incident happened on Saturday night in Rotherham. A police officer threw a ‘lifeline’ into the water before firefighters arrived and managed to retrieve the man from the water. There was a 7ft drop to the water, and the canal was nine or 10ft deep. Paramedics gave emergency first aid at the scene but he later died in hospital.